Jillian’s Yoga Meltdown

30 Aug

When I started decreasing the intensity of my workouts, I picked up walking and lots of recovery down time. I recently tried Zumba, have been playing at least 2 hours of sand volleyball a week, and trying to incorporate some yoga.

I’ve found YouTube to be a great source for yoga videos but some of them I just can’t quite get in to. They are great for managing stress and connecting mind and body but when it comes to feeling strong again, they haven’t been enough to consistently keep going back. Although I want to continue to try and get in to more relaxed, gentle yoga because I think the benefits are huge mentally and physically!

A few weeks ago, my friend sent me Jillian Michael’s Yoga Meltdown for me to try. Hello again, Jillian! I missed you!

Although the words “meltdown” and “mega calorie burn” on the cover scared me a little because I know how intense Jillian can be but even with my Marketing degree I am a sucker for those sneaky advertising gimmicks.

I woke up this morning, put on my yoga pants and ate a pre-workout snack.

By the way, this yogurt is the bom dot com – sorry I had to! Although I think they are lying to me that it’s greek yogurt but I love coconut so much that when I saw this I had to try it.

Have I said how much I love Jillian?? She always knows the right things to say to keep encouraging me and making me put all my effort in to something. I can and do quote her often!

Yoga Meltdown has 2 30-minute workouts, level 1 and level 2, each with their own warm up and cool down. It’s a ‘fast flowing’ yoga video that keeps you moving without bumping up the intensity like Jillian’s other videos. She takes you through a series of yoga pose circuits, repeats, and then you hold the pose, balance….for…15…seconds.

This workout was just what I needed to mix things up. It was just the right amount of ‘workout’ for me. I tried it out for the first time a few weeks ago and my triceps were still screaming at me while washing my hair 3 days later.

It was a great mix of strength and circuit training but at an average/slow pace. My heart rate stayed low to medium and I was able to work on my flexibility (coming from the girl who can’t touch her toes), build endurance in a pose, and focus mentally. Building endurance in a pose meaning that my body will shake less and less each time I do the killer Chaturanga pose, I hope!

As I get stronger and more experienced, I am looking forward to trying level 2. One thing I loved about my morning workouts is how much more energized I felt the rest of the day. I could have slept in the extra 30-60 minutes and felt more tired than what I did after a quick workout!

My workout buddy today!

If you are trying to incorporate some lower intensity workouts into your exercise schedule, Jillian Michael’s Yoga Meltdown was definitely worth trying and I plan to do this workout 1-2 times a week along with my walks. Don’t let the words on the cover discourage you if you are trying this video for a lower intensity workout, it definitely will make you feel active and get ya moving without overdoing it.

Everytime I finish yoga I get the urge to sit criss-cross applesauce and say “Ommmmmm”

Have a great day!

Do you like the new banner?

I decided to keep the name, for now anyways, and decided to just fit the look more in to the goals I have for this blog.

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3 Responses to “Jillian’s Yoga Meltdown”

  1. Priscilla August 30, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    So glad you’re enjoying it!! The new banner looks great 😀 I think I need to try some of that yogurt…I love coconut too ❤

  2. jupiterstar August 31, 2012 at 1:36 am #

    I should try that Yoga DVD, it sounds like just what I’ve been looking for. I used to do this yoga vid from Netflix that had a bit more fast paced section and I really liked it, but I think Netflix took it down. LOVE coconut too – Liberte makes a great coconut flavored yogurt!

    • Mallory August 30, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

      You should definitely check it out! 🙂 It’s really good to mix it up and add in some more challenging exercises without having it to intense. Hmmm i think i’ll go have some coconut flavored something right now!

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